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Samsung accidentally confirmed it’s making a Galaxy X

Published Nov 20th, 2017 7:31PM EST
Galaxy X Release Date

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Samsung’s dream is to beat Apple’s iPhone, and that’s why the Galaxy S8’s development codename was “dream.” However, no Galaxy S or Galaxy Note device captured the mind of buyers like the iPhone rival, no matter how hard Samsung tried.

But the Korean giant may have an ace up its sleeve, a smartphone unlike anything else available out there, iPhone included. It’s called Galaxy X, but not for the reasons you expect.

If you think Galaxy X is Samsung’s way of copying the iPhone X name scheme that’s not actually accurate. We’ve seen the Galaxy X moniker thrown around back when the iPhone X was still referred to as iPhone 8 in rumors.

Because, you see, the Galaxy X is Samsung’s first bendable smartphone, a device that’s so complicated it might see a limited launch before Samsung is able to manufacture it en-masse.

Samsung kept demoing foldable mobile devices for years at tech trade shows, but it never was ready to launch one — the Galaxy Round doesn’t count as one, don’t even try!

But the Galaxy X may be the first one to ship to consumers at some point in the near future, and Samsung has seemingly confirmed its existence. A support page went up on Samsung’s website for an SM-G888N0 handset, as spotted by Dutch-language site MobielKopen.

Samsung’s support document doesn’t offer any insight into what the SM-G888 family of devices is supposed to be, but that model number has been associated with the Galaxy X many times in the past. According to MobielKopen, the SM-G888 already received various certifications from regulators, including the Bluetooth SIG, the Wi-Fi Alliance, and South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency.

What’s interesting about the Galaxy X is that we haven’t seen any leaks aside from reports detailing the phone and these certifications. All Samsung smartphones get leaked well ahead of their time, as there’s no such thing as keeping a Samsung gadget secret.

From the looks of it, however, the phone may be nearing its launch, even if it’ll be a limited one. After all, Samsung isn’t the only company working on foldable smartphones, and it probably wants to claim the title of being the first to make one.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.